The Metropolitan State of Texas: Securing the State's Prosperity and Competitiveness

Event Status
Summit: The Metropolitan State of Texas, March 24, 2021

The LBJ Urban Lab at The University of Texas at Austin, the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University and the George W. Bush Institute-SMU Economic Growth Initiative convened the state's top urban policy researchers for a summit addressing the most important issues in Texas cities: economic development, land use, housing, infrastructure and transportation.

Texas Metropolitan Blueprint: A Policy Agenda to Secure the Competitiveness and Prosperity of Texas


WELCOME —UT Austin President Jay Hartzell



  • Moderator: Steven Pedigo, LBJ Urban Lab Director and Professor of Practice, LBJ School of Public Affairs
  • Laura Huffman, President and CEO, Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce
  • Dee Margo, Former Mayor, City of El Paso
  • Miguel Solis, Executive Director, Coalition for a New Dallas


    • Moderator: Kyle Shelton, Deputy Director, Kinder Institute for Urban Research, Rice University
    • Dr. Myriam Igoufe, Vice President of Development and Research, Housing Solutions for North Texas
    • Jack Matthews, President, Matthews Southwest
    • Leilah Powell, Executive Director, LISC San Antonio


    • Moderator: Cullum Clark, Director, Bush Institute-SMU Economic Growth Initiative
    • Amanda Edwards, President and CEO, The Community Based Solutions Firm
    • Jennifer Sanders, Executive Director and Co-Founder, Dallas Innovation Alliance


      LBJ Urban Lab
      The LBJ Urban Lab is a "do-tank" that informs future urban policy and creates strategy for cities in Texas and beyond, training the next generation of local leaders and exploring issues affecting urban communities.

      Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University
      The Kinder Institute for Urban Research is a multidisciplinary think-and-do tank housed at Rice University in Houston, focusing on urban issues in Houston, the American Sun Belt and around the world. Through informed research, data and policy analysis, the Kinder Institute hopes to engage civic and political leaders to implement solutions to critical urban issues, including education, governance, housing, mobility and transportation, resilience, and demographics.

      George W. Bush Institute
      Housed within the George W. Bush Presidential Center, the George W. Bush Institute is an action-oriented, nonpartisan, policy organization with the mission of developing leaders, advancing policy, and taking action to solve today’s most pressing challenges. Through three Impact Centers — Domestic Excellence, Global Leadership, and an Engagement Agenda — the Bush Institute delivers measurable results that save and improve lives. To learn more, visit

      George W. Bush Institute — SMU Economic Growth Initiative
      The Bush Institute — SMU Economic Growth Initiative combines the public policy expertise of the George W. Bush Institute and the academic expertise of SMU. The joint initiative draws from economic policy-making experience at the highest levels and from cutting edge academic research to identify ideas for promoting innovation, entrepreneurship, and faster, more inclusive growth through global competitiveness and sound immigration policy



      Date and Time
      March 24, 2021, All Day